Posts Tagged ‘Det rode kapel’

The Last-Minute ND/NF 2010 Preview, Part 3: The Oath to Zanan-e badun-e mardan

March 24, 2010

Don’t cry no tears. All good things come to an end. So do our tardy previews. The New Directors/New Films festival lights up the spring season by bringing to New York the best debuts from festivals like Cannes and Sundance. In the final assortment, there’s a lauded love letter to cinema from Mia Hansen-Løve, the welcome return of Judy Berlin director Eric Mendelsohn and a notable French addition to the “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” genre.

Read the first part of our New Directors/New Films preview.
Read the second part of our New Directors/New Films preview.

The Oath

Abu Jandal and Salim Hamdan are buddies who took very different routes through al-Qaeda’s militant network. Jandal now works with Yemeni youth to temper their fundamentalism. Hamdan sits in Guantanamo, notorious as Osama bin Laden’s onetime chauffeur. The latest film from My Country, My Country director Laura Poitras is another unique look at the Middle East.

Le Pere de Mes Enfants (The Father of My Children)

French film producer Humbert Balsan helped bring works by Bela Tarr and Claire Denis to the public. His life and death inspired this acclaimed new feature from Mia Hansen-Løve, partner of Olivier Assayas. It’s a fresh take on Day for Night, with an overworked producer (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) juggling family and the fact that there isn’t enough hours in the day to achieve cinematic greatness.


Trailerama: Det rode kapel (The Red Chapel)

March 31, 2009

The enticing premise of this documentary is that a Korean-born, Denmark-based comic duo have gotten permission to perform in North Korea. Intrigued, director Mads Brugger decides to go along for the ride. He’s smart enough to bring his camera. This is no diplomatic cultural exchange, though. Simon Jul Jorgensen and Jacob Nossell intend on criticizing the regime in the form of their vaudeville revue. Oh, and Jacob is a spastic. So far, so fascinating. Maybe even a little improbable. Then we saw that it’s produced by spazz-loving Lars von Trier’s Zentropa studio. Knowing what a prankster von Trier is, can any of this be believed? Judge for yourselves.